Earlier this year (2006) the Porsche Cayman S won our Best Driver’s Car title, but look past the overall rankings to the lap times and you’ll find a small, hand-made British sports car absolutely demolished the best Germans and Italians around Oulton Park - Caterham’s CSR Superlight. Which is very impressive, but might also be just slightly irrelevant, because for all its areodynamic trickery and in-board independent suspension, the CSR costs £34,000 – which is a lot to pay for a car with no roof, windscreen or heater.
The Caterham experience is far easier to stomach when you pay out less than half that amount - £15,995 in kit form, or £17,495 factory assembled - for the new, Ford powered Roadsport.
What’s it like?
The demise of Rover meant Caterham needed to find a replacement for the K-Series engine - a search ending with 1.6-litre Sigma engine from the Ford Focus. Remapping the engine management, retarding the cam timing and changing the intake manifold has increased power from 100PS in the Focus to 125bhp.